Question: How would or should you give or take Communion?

Answer: There are many traditions that surround how Communion is given and taken, but at Calvary Chapel, we donít concern ourselves with traditions. The only thing we focus on is what Godís Word specifically says. The Apostle Paul is the only one in the New Testament who makes any mention of how Communion is to be served, and his comments center more on the heart of the worshipper rather than any how-to specifics.

I know many churches place restrictions on Communion and who can participate, but they do so without biblical foundation. Communion should be for all born-again believers, who are remembering the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on their behalf.

The one guideline the Apostle Paul places on Communion is the challenge for each participant to examine their own heart before partaking. He says: A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 1 Corinthians 11:28 (NIV84)

Beyond this guideline, the Scriptures contain no other specifics for how Communion should be administered. And where the Bible is silent, we need to be very careful not to add our own voice.

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